Which book is best? Prose Bowl 2020 picks up where it left off

Get ready to rumble again when Prose Bowl 2020 resumes this week. 

Eight of the 80 book titles competing in Prose Bowl 2020
Eight of the 80 book titles competing in Prose Bowl 2020.

Voting for Prose Bowl 2020 Round 3 runs April 15-22. The contenders are “A Better Man” vs. “The Testaments” and “The Dutch House” vs. “They Called Us Enemy.”

Sno-Isle Libraries Readers’ Services Team put Prose Bowl on hiatus in midMarch due to coronavirus uncertainties.  

Now, with staff following health and government official’s guidelines, Prose Bowl is picking up where it left off after two rounds of voting. 

“The Readers’ Services Team is now in a position where we can support a restart of Prose Bowl,” said Jackie Parker, Lead Librarian – Readers’ Services. “We’ll announce the winners of Round 2 and open Round 3 voting.” 

The Prose Bowl committee picked 80 books published in 2019 to compete for the Prose Bowl 2020 title. 

Round 1 voting began March 4 on the Sno-Isle Libraries Bibliofile blog with all 80 titles competing in eight different genre categories. 

Round 2 voting ran March 11-17 and pitted the top two titles from each genre category against each other in a genre semifinal. It was “First: Sandra Day O’Connor” vs. “A Better Man,” “The Starless Sea” vs. “The Dutch House,” “They Called Us Enemy” vs. “Talking to Strangers,” and “Red, White & Royal Blue” vs. “The Testaments.” 

The four winning titles of Round 2 will be announced when voting resumes for Round 3.  

The fourth and final round will run April 22-28. It pits the top three titles from Round 3 in a winner-take-all vote. 

The Prose Bowl 2020 winning title will be announced on April 29.

The return of Prose Bowl demonstrates how Sno-Isle Libraries continues to serve customers while responding to health needs of employees, customers and communities.  Sno-Isle Libraries community libraries have been closed since March 13. 

“Whether we finished this year’s highly anticipated contest wasn’t in question,” Parker said. “Staff have been working remotely during social distancing rules. We just needed a little bit of time to get all the people and pieces into place so that customers won’t see any difference in the selection of our annual favorite book.”